In a remarkable surge of activity, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has successfully registered a staggering 141,018 candidates within the first week of the commencement of the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration process. The Board’s financial report, published in its weekly bulletin, revealed an impressive financial inflow of N3.030 billion during this period.
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The substantial financial accrual comprises revenue from facility sales, Professional Registration Centres (PRC) service charges, and deposits for 2024 registration e-pins. The disbursement of funds extended to 564 Computer Based Test (CBT) Centres, encompassing 519 Non-JAMB CBT Centres and 45 JAMB Registration Centres, with a total payment of N98,712,600 at the rate of N700 per candidate.
However, amidst the record-breaking registration numbers, the Board issued a stern warning to parents and guardians, urging them to steer clear of registration centres and avoid any actions that may compromise the ongoing registration exercise. This caution comes in response to an incident involving a graduate of Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
The woman was apprehended at one of the Board’s Professional Registration Centres (PRC) while attempting to procure a registration e-PIN on behalf of her brother. The act was deemed a violation of the Board’s advisories against third-party interference in matters related to candidates.
In her defense, the individual explained that she intended to assist her brother, who was in Kaduna, by purchasing the e-PIN in Abuja, where she was available. The intention was to facilitate the completion of the registration process when he returned to Abuja.
However, JAMB deemed this action as a severe breach of the ethical standards governing the registration exercise, emphasizing its potential to compromise the integrity of the entire process. The Board reiterated its standing policy, emphasizing the prohibition of guardians and parents from being present at the venues of registration and examination centres. JAMB emphasized that it would not hesitate to impose sanctions on individuals or groups acting contrary to this directive.
The 2024 UTME registration has set an impressive pace, but with a clear message from JAMB – maintaining the integrity of the process is paramount, and any deviation will not be tolerated.